New AMD Ryzen Gen 3 Desktop CPU Scheduled To Release This Year

No exact release date yet.


Following its CES 2019 announcement of the Radeon VII GPU, AMD unveiled its third generation of Ryzen desktop processor. The new Ryzen isn't scheduled to launch until mid-2019, but it will support the Radeon VII.

According to CNET, AMD demoed the new Ryzen during the company's CES keynote presentation. Using the new Radeon VII, the Ryzen played Forza Horizon 4 with a consistent 100 frames per second at 1080p. "This system is the most advanced PC gaming hardware in the world, together in one system--third gen Ryzen, [and] Radeon VII," said AMD president and CEO Lisa Su. During CNET's CES coverage, they saw the new Ryzen go up against and slightly outperform the Intel i9-9900K on a Cinebench multicore test. Both CPUs performed similarly, but Ryzen used much less power.

The Radeon VII is the world's first 7nm gaming GPU, which Su claims to be the most powerful GPU that AMD has ever built. At CES, Su demonstrated how Devil May Cry 5 would play on the Radeon VII, which she explained runs "well above" 60 frames per second at 4K resolution. In comparison to AMD's previously most powerful GPU, the Vega 64, the Radeon VII runs most games with an average 25 percent performance boost. Some games see even greater improvements, such as Battlefield V, which receives a 35 percent boost.

AMD's Radeon VII is scheduled to release February 7 and cost $700, but it also comes bundled with the remake of Resident Evil 2, The Division 2, and Devil May Cry 5. No exact date has been announced for the third generation Ryzen CPU, nor a price point.

Also during CES 2019, Nvidia announced a new video card, the GeForce RTX 2060. HTC announced several new reveals for its Vive VR products as well, including two headsets--Pro Eye and Cosmos. Samsung unveiled two new TVs, one that uses MicroLED technology and another the size of a living room. LG showcased a new television as well, which can roll up and be easily stored between uses.

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